CAMPAIGN HEADQUARTERS

Everything you need to inspire and empower your team to make a difference!

Thank you for your commitment to improving
the lives of local families and individuals.

By hosting a United Way fundraising campaign, your organization is joining nearly 600 other businesses and 40,000 donors across the Omaha-Council Bluffs metro to make our community stronger.

United Way of the Midlands is here to help you plan and execute the type of fundraising campaign that makes the most sense for your organization. We’re excited to work with you, so let’s get started!

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thank you to our Campaign Chairs, Rob and stacie reed!

Thank you to our Campaign Chairs, Rob and Stacie Reed! We are so grateful to Rob & Stacie for stepping up and supporting our 2023-2024 campaign. Rob is president and chief executive officer of Physicians Mutual and involved with many local organizations in the Omaha-Council Bluffs metro, having served as a volunteer on boards such as the Greater Omaha Chamber, Duchesne Academy, American Red Cross – Heartland Chapter, Completely Kids, Heartland Family Service. Along with Rob, Stacie is an active community volunteer in organizations including Omaha Children’s Museum, Omaha Performing Arts, Christ Child Society, Creighton University, and is currently a member of the CHI Foundation board.

Our Team

We are Team United, and we are here to help make your campaign a success. Reach out to us any time to learn more about your campaign options, think through fundraising ideas, plan the perfect campaign kickoff and more!

Laura Tatten

Laura Tatten

SVP, Donor Engagement

402-522-7962

ltatten@uwmidlands.org

Tim callahan

AVP, Development

402-522-7917

tcallahan@uwmidlands.org

Erin Moran

Director, Corporate Campaign Management

402-522-7959

emoran@uwmidlands.org

liz Christensen

Director, Leadership Donor Management

402-997-7061

lchristensen@uwmidlands.org

Maureen irish

Director, Strategic Relationships

402-522-7905

mirish@uwmidlands.org

Diane moore

Manager, Corporate Relations

402-342-8232

dmoore@uwmidlands.org

jermaine blackson

Research Data Analyst

402-522-7914

jblackson@uwmidlands.org

Carly weld

Manager, Volunteerism & Corporate Relations

402-997-7070

cweld@uwmidlands.org

MICHAEL BLUE

Manager, Corporate & OFL, AFL-CIO

402.522.7903

mjblue@uwmidlands.org

ALEXZ TILLMAN

Coordinator, Volunteerism & Corporate Relations

402.522.7960

atillman@uwmidlands.org 

planning your campaign

Follow these three steps that are proven to engage, excite and unite your team.

Campaign manager handbook

Everything you’ve ever wanted to know about running a UWM Workplace Campaign is now in one place! The Campaign Manager  Handbook is designed to assist you in planning, implementing and evaluating your campaign from beginning to end.

Resources included:

Get Started Guide

Campaign Checklist

Campaign Ideas

Virtual Tools

Finding the right tool to pull off a virtual campaign or fundraising activity can be tough, but we’ve compiled some resources to get you started! Please message your Donor Engagement representative directly if you have questions about utilizing one of these tools for your campaign. You can find our team members and their contact information here.

Set up an online fundraiser, including text-to-give, with the help of our Donor Engagement and Operations teams! Contact your Donor Engagement representative to express your interest. Local companies large and small have leveraged these tools as an additional payment method for fundraising – allowing them to handle less cash, easily track dollars raised and offer a simple and convenient way for employees to give in the moment during campaign events.

Other Virtual Tools:
ZoomGoToMeetingBlueJeansDuo by GoogleFacebook LiveYoutubeYoutube Live

Campaign Examples

Watch as Campaign Managers just like YOU share ways to make your United Way campaign a success!

Campaign manager resources

These videos feature local corporate partners who share how you can run a successful campaign this year. Campaign Managers just like you share ways to make your United Way campaign a success.

Campaign examples

Get inspired by videos from real United Way campaign activities.

Pick a partner

Fundraise for a good cause, support local business AND save yourself time and effort! We are so excited to work with amazing local business partners that can help make your fundraising campaign seamless and special. Explore below and find the right fit for you and your team today!

Rocket Carwash
CLEAN YOUR CAR FOR A CAUSE

Purchase a Rocket Carwash for $10 ($23.99 value) and Rocket Carwash will donate $6 back to United Way of the Midlands.

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PICK YOUR PRONTO PACK!

It’s easy to enjoy the great taste of Biaggi’s at home or on the go.Choose from 14 different pasta dishes and take a night off from cooking – it’s good for your community!

Biaggi’s will donate 20% of your purchase to United Way.

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CORKY CANVAS

Paint your way to a stronger community!

Have fun, bond with coworkers and give back with our new Corky Canvas partnership. Corky Canvas will donate 28% of the ticket price back to United Way of the Midlands.

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T-SHIRT FUNDRAISER

Purchase a Midlands Strong t-shirt today and help those in need!

Employees will record their company during checkout so your campaign will receive credit.

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SHOP FOR GOOD IN-STORE OR ONLINE!

Our Kendra Gives Back program is to help fundraising efforts by offering 20% of all proceeds from designated shopping events this year at Kendra Scott Village Pointe.

ENJOY AWARD-WINNING FOOD

Enjoy award-winning, mouthwatering, finger-lickin’ good southern barbeque!

10% of catering proceeds will be donated to United Way of the Midlands.

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A UNIQUE GIFT IDEA
Help United Way by purchasing delicious and adorable treats from The Cordial Cherry!

Use your customized company code when checking out and save 10% on your entire purchase and The Cordial Cherry will donate an additional 10% to the United Way!

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HOST AN ONLINE AUCTION

Is your auction a staple of your campaign, but you’re not sure how to pull it off this year? Learn more about a special partnership with OneCause and United Way and other digital platforms you can use to set your auction apart, even while on a budget.

MATERIALS

Find print and digital materials to help educate your team about United Way.

Discover all the United Way materials you need to make your campaign a success!

PLEDGE FORMS

Access pledge forms for printing or encourage your employees to save paper by filling them out digitally. 

PRINT MATERIALS

View and download our investment brochure, posters, pledge forms and more!

VIDEOS

Hear from our agency partners and stories of need and success in our community.

EMAILS

Multiple emails you can customize to meet your organization’s needs.

SUCCESS STORIES

Several community success stories for you to share with your team.

DIGITAL MATERIALS

Here you can explore assets for you to use in emails, digital displays, on social media and more!

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

Learn more about what your donation can do by volunteering.

BY SHARING YOUR TIME AND TALENTS, YOU CAN TOUCH SOMEONE’S LIFE IN A TRULY POWERFUL WAY.

A can of food on a pantry shelf. 30 minutes spent reading with a student. A fresh layer of paint in a shelter. These may seem like small acts of kindness, but they make a world of a difference for individuals in need. You can offer the hope and dignity that helps someone build a better life for their family, today.
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volunteer with your company

The caring spirit of your team shines through volunteerism and creates a space to strengthen your culture, serve the causes you are passionate about, and share lasting memories together.

Volunteer

CUSTOM CORPORATE PROJECTS

We welcome the opportunity to schedule volunteer projects customized for your team. You select the date, time commitment, the number of volunteers you would like to participate, and share more about your team’s desired impact, and we work with you to find a volunteer project that fits your goals! Whether you want to hold an annual day of service for your employees, or schedule regular projects throughout the year, we will partner with you to achieve your team’s volunteer objectives to support our neighbors throughout the metro.
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GOOD ON THE GO

Good on the Go is an opportunity for your team to address the demand for essential items our agency partners need to conduct their vital programing and support our neighbors’ needs. Your team selects from a variety of kits ranging from snack pack kits, to literacy kits, to hygiene kits, and many more. We work with you to identify an agency recipient. We create a budget for the project and order the materials for the kits, then we come to your office to have your team assemble the kits together. We can even invite the agency recipient to join us to share more about the impact of the kits to help families access the essentials they need to thrive.

UWM VOLUNTEER EVENTS

We encourage your team to take part in our community-wide volunteer events held throughout the year.
Save the date and learn more information below!
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National Volunteer Week

National Volunteer Week occurs each April as an opportunity to recognize and celebrate the impact of volunteer service and the power of volunteers to tackle society’s greatest challenges, to build stronger communities and be a force that transforms the world. Volunteer opportunities are posted throughout the metro to come together in the spirit of service to make an impact.

Shine Bright

Shine Bright occurs annually before the start of each new school year to provide students with the hygiene essentials they need to feel good and build the confidence necessary to thrive in the classroom. During this event, volunteers help assemble over 5,000 hygiene kits that are distributed by social workers, school counselors and school nurses to local Kindergarten, sixth and ninth-grade students. The hygiene kits serve students in Omaha Public Schools, Council Bluffs Community Schools, Papillion-La Vista Schools, and Jobs for America’s Graduates classrooms across the state of Nebraska.

Day of Caring

Day of Caring is the day of service where volunteers from across the community spend their day helping local nonprofits fulfill a variety of needs – from yardwork to painting and everything in between. Local nonprofit organizations across Douglas, Sarpy and Pottawattamie counties host individual volunteers and employee teams to tackle projects and make a difference.

hOLIDAY heLPERS

Holiday Helpers takes place each year from November through the end of the year to support agency programs during a very challenging time of year for many in our community. From toy and diaper drives, to volunteer projects, and so much more, Holiday Helpers showcases the reason for the season.

Explore United Way Volunteer Events!

GOOD on the Go

Timing: Whenever works best for you.

This in-person or virtual opportunity helps boost employee engagement, foster teamwork and build morale as employees work together to assemble materials for local agencies, such as a hygiene kit for someone experiencing homelessness. Align your company’s philanthropic values with volunteerism and give your employees the opportunity to give back in a tangible way, even while social distancing. Contact United Way of the Midlands’ volunteer team for more information and pricing by calling 402-522-7949 or emailing volunteer@uwmidlands.org.

Custom Corporate Projects

Timing: Whenever works best for you.

Omaha-Council Bluffs area companies, small and large, come to UWM for help with creating and coordinating meaningful, customized volunteer projects for their employees. Contact United Way of the Midlands’ volunteer team today to experience first-hand the impact your contributions are making by calling 402-522-7949 or emailing volunteer@uwmidlands.org

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Day of Caring

Timing: September 16, 2022

Day of Caring is an annual, community-wide volunteerism day where hundreds of volunteers roll up their sleeves to make an impact – and we are SO excited to be back at it this year! Contact United Way of the Midlands’ volunteer team for more information about signing up your team to participate by calling 402-522-7949 or emailing volunteer@uwmidlands.org.

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Shine Bright

Timing: August 10-12, 2022

YOU can help thousands of local Kindergarten, sixth- and ninth- grade students who are lacking essential hygiene items regain their confidence and shine bright – achieving more in school and beyond. Shine Bright is a fundraiser in partnership with Omaha Public Schools and Council Bluffs Public Schools where Shine Bright Boxes will be provided to local students who need them most. 

Holiday Helpers

Timing: November – December 2022

Looking for a bonding experience for your team that inspires gratitude and hope? Becoming a Holiday Helper is a festive way to make a difference and connect with your team during the holiday season. Contact United Way of the Midlands’ volunteer team for more information about signing up your team to participate by calling 402-522-7949 or emailing volunteer@uwmidlands.org.

LEADERSHIP GIVING

Explore United Way's leadership groups and inspire your team to get involved!

TOCQUEVILLE SOCIETY

The Tocqueville Society of United Way of the Midlands was established in 1988 by twelve charter members whose vision and belief in the community spurred others to join and give. Thanks to the remarkable generosity of Tocqueville Society donors this past year, membership hit 373, surpassing a goal the Society had been striving toward for years. As a result of this achievement, Mr. Warren Buffett increased his match of United Way’s total campaign dollars, and thousands of additional dollars were invested into our community to help people facing challenges in the Omaha-Council Bluffs metro. Together, Tocqueville Society members are truly making a difference and ensuring the metro becomes stronger for the generations of tomorrow.

Donation requirement: $10,000 or more

BRIDGEBUILDERS SOCIETY

United Way of the Midlands Bridgebuilders Society. Established in 1989, the Bridgebuilders Society recognizes individuals and families making annual gifts of $1,000 to $9,999. Such gifts represent a new level of community participation and involvement which helps bridge the gap between the increasing needs in our community and the services available to meet them. There are more than 2,900 local Bridgebuilders strengthening the local community through their support of United Way of the Midlands.

Donation requirement: $1,000 to $9,999

WOMEN UNITED

The mission of Women United is to inspire, celebrate, educate and engage women in philanthropy and service related to their investment in the work of United Way of the Midlands. United Way of the Midlands Women United will positively impact lives in our community. Women United…Leading the Way. EDUCATE. VOLUNTEER. INVEST.

Donation requirement: $1,500 or more

EMERGING LEADERS

The Emerging Leaders are passionate professionals under 40 who are driven to make a difference through volunteerism, advocacy and philanthropy. They engage the next generation of leaders to influence positive change in our community through United Way.

Donation requirement: $250 or more

Thank you to our corporate partners!

With your belief and trust in what we do, we work alongside our partners to build awareness of community needs and form a Circle of Support to address those needs.  We invest in more than 150 programs and direct services focused on social and economic disparities – removing barriers, creating opportunity and strengthening the systems that people rely on.